New York

Elizabeth Newman

Galerie Lelong & Co.

Elizabeth Newman’s first New York show includes a number of sculptures—household objects, such as furniture, clothing, and utensils, that have been transformed into synesthetic fetishes by the addition of materials like wax, feathers, and talcum powder—that were part of the artist’s installation at the 1991 Spoleto Festival U.S.A., in Charleston, South Carolina. There they worked effectively to reanimate the history of an 18th-century home, and, although a gallery setting inevitably pales by comparison, Newman’s alchemy remains as potent as ever, transforming a normally sterile place into hallowed ground by means of an uncanny mix of domesticity and religious ritual.

Most of Newman’s works deliberately evoke childhood in ways that range from the obvious (the pair of bronzed baby shoes placed in a far corner) to the oblique (the small, wooden bed frame piled with loose feathers). The latter

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